Please read our guidelines carefully. If you have any questions or need accommodations in submitting your work, feel free to email us at the address below.

This publication is focused on work by writers and artists who live with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability. The work doesn’t necessarily need to be about those experiences, but submissions along those lines are welcomed and encouraged.

We reserve the right to reject work that isn’t in line with our goals and voice as a publication. Anything discriminatory, ableist, sexist, and/or racist will be rejected. Here’s a list of ableist language and alternative words that can be used.

Acceptances and publication will occur on a rolling basis. We publish weekly from January-March and July-September. We will do our best to respond to all submissions that follow our guidelines, but keep in mind that this is a volunteer-run operation and many of the editors are living with their own health issues and disabilities. If you haven’t gotten a response in three months, feel free to check in. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If something you’ve submitted is accepted elsewhere, please let us know.

Submissions must be original. We accept reprints and previously published work. Authors retain the rights to their work, and individual rights revert to authors upon publication. If your work is previously unpublished and gets published again, we ask that you cite Blanket Sea as the place it first appeared.

All submissions, along with a short third person bio, should be sent to A cover letter is optional. Pen names are fine.

Creative Nonfiction: Our word count limit is 2,000, but the sweet spot is 500-1000 words. We accept essays, short memoir, flash essays, and book reviews pertaining to works around the themes of chronic illness, mental illness, and/or disability. If you’re the author of such a book, you can email us about it, and we’ll consider writing a review. Send 1 piece, review, or review pitch in the body of the email or attached as a Word or text doc.

Fiction: Our word count limit is 2,000, but as with CNF, the sweet spot is 500-1000. Send 1 piece in the body of the email or attached as a Word or text doc. Stylistically, we prefer contemporary, realistic, self-contained work that has an underlying truth or message, especially if it applies to living with illness or disability.

Art: Send 1-5 images in the body of the email or attached. If the files are too big, you can use Google Drive or send URLs, but please avoid zip files. You can also send us your portfolio website. If your work is accepted, you’ll be asked for an artist statement to accompany the work.

Poetry: Send 1-5 poems in the body of the email or attached as a Word or text doc. When it comes to style, we prefer poems that have a message or tell a story, aren’t super long, and don’t rhyme.

Because this is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run endeavor with no fees for reading or submitting, we are unable to financially compensate contributors at this time.